Saturday, September 14, 2013

Why did the CIA let a crazed al-Qaeda mob kill America's ambassador? Moment by moment, the atrocity that's sent the U.S. into a frenzy of suspicion and recrimination

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012. A group of armed jihadists attacked the building and set it alight. Four people died in the attack, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens - TONY RENNELL/DAILY MAIL

A year on, the Benghazi raid is the focus of bitter contention in the U.S., where accusations are made by senators and conspiracy theorists alike that the Obama administration covered up — and continues to obscure — failings that led to an ambassador and three other Americans dying in such horrendous circumstances.

Why was the attack not anticipated by intelligence sources? Why were warnings ignored that the mission building was inadequate for its job?

Was the response from Washington on the night in question bungled? What precisely did the President know and when? Or did he sleep though the whole thing?

The questions seem even more pointed in the light of allegations that the survivors have allegedly been silenced.

Under this continuing cloud of suspicion, the damage caused by the insurgents in Benghazi that fearful night may sadly end up running far deeper than even the most hardened jihadist fanatic could have imagined.